Intel’s Skylake platform is set to succeed Broadwell. There have been many leaks in the past that have said Skylake would support PCI-Express 4.0, but according to VR-Zone this is not true. Luckily though the platform will still have DDR4 support.
We went over many of the features that will be coming to Intel’s Skylake platform yesterday. Most notably dual channel DDR4, PCI Express 4.0, SATA Express and AVX 3.2 instructions. Many people anticipated that Skylake would be a SoC (System-on-Chip) design, but the leaked slides from VR-Zone confirm that it will not be a SoC design. Just like Haswell the PCH will still be fused to the motherboard.
We have already detailed Intel’s Haswell-E high-end desktop platform and we know that it will feature quad channel DDR4 memory in the second half of 2014, but what about Intel’s mainstream offerings? We have heard from reports that Intel will refresh the Haswell platform in the second half of 2014, but the Broadwell micro architecture would be limited to Xeon and mobility parts. Only in 2015 will we first see a mainstream 115* 14nm Skylake processor, which will pack some interesting features.